Whether it’s a parent, grandparent, neighbor, or friend, almost everyone knows a senior living alone at home who is relying on outside help for day-to-day needs and care. The elderly face important challenges to their health and well-being as the world shifts dramatically toward social distancing measures and a new way of operating.
Reaching out to local seniors and encouraging them to ask for help has become a priority for the team at Silvergate San Marcos, the region’s premier senior living community. Caregivers continually work to identify seniors struggling to cope with being at home alone. They often discover that finding adequate in-home care can be problematic for those who are frail, advanced in years, or have multiple chronic conditions.
“We’re seeing more and more families overwhelmed by trying to deal with the day-to-day needs of an elderly loved one,” said Joan Rink-Carroll, Executive Director at Silvergate San Marcos where the community’s solid reputation for providing outstanding care to seniors dates back more than 30 years. “We want seniors to know there’s a better alternative to living alone at home right now, where social isolation can coexist with loneliness and depression. At Silvergate, it’s exactly the opposite. Our senior living community offers relief to over-taxed families and a balanced, healthy lifestyle to at-risk seniors. We take care of the basics – but more importantly, we provide the appropriate care they so desperately need – while still managing the social distancing concerns for them.”
“After months of this pandemic, seniors want to engage again,” said David Nelson, the San Marcos community Marketing Director who speaks with local seniors weekly. “It is discouraging for them to see people of other ages resume basic activities while they feel left out. Still, they want to be safe. Here at Silvergate, they can relax, enjoy the community, be safe and let our staff take better care of them. We administer their medications properly, make sure they’re eating well; and find new ways for them to interact in socially distanced, small-group settings.”
Silvergate Retirement Home San Marcos
When facing the challenges of social isolation at home, seniors are particularly vulnerable to rapid declines in health. The reduction in mental stimulation that comes with socializing and engaging with the wider world may worsen the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When health decline occurs, fear of going to medical facilities may prevent elderly individuals from receiving the care they need. Family and friends who have served as caregivers also may be afraid or unable to visit, limiting a senior’s ability to even receive care.
At Silvergate, residents receive round-the-clock, high-touch care from highly experienced caregivers. They benefit from an industry-leading caregiver-to-resident ratio that provides increased supervision, 24 hours a day, when needed. The community’s Resident Care Director oversees a staff of Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) supervisors, professional caregivers and trained medication technicians who regularly check on residents, escort them to important health appointments as needed, tend to their needs and assure their safety and well-being.
Silvergate Retirement Residence San Marcos
Transitioning to retirement living at Silvergate also gives seniors the ability to take advantage of the service-rich lifestyle afforded exclusively to residents. Nutritious meals are prepared by a professional chef each day. Activities and things to do are regularly planned for residents, and friends and family are encouraged to safely connect with loved ones.
By remaining at home, basic needs such as assistance with bathing, basic home cleaning, and support with memory loss may be left entirely unmet. By moving to Silvergate, seniors receive best-in-class care and assistance with the activities of daily living. They experience a greater sense of normalcy, find safe opportunities for socialization and receive the exceptional care they would likely find hard to cultivate while still living alone at home.
Silvergate Retirement San Marcos
Now more than ever, Silvergate’s veteran team of caregivers is developing creative ways to support residents within the community while still safely providing in-person community tours to local seniors who would like to learn more about the relief and benefits provided by a nurturing staff of caregivers. To learn more about independent living, assisted living and memory care at Silvergate, set up a safe, private tour, by calling David Nelson at 760-744-4484 or visit www.SilvergateRR.com.